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LETTER: Fracking opponent is uninformed

Stacey Linman’s letter in the Dec. 20 edition of the Post Independent claiming we need a ban on fracking was typical of uninformed people who condemn formation fracturing to open tight sand or shale formations.

The purpose of that procedure is to promote production in oil and gas wells. The most revealing statement made in this letter is, “No one will ever convince me that ‘fracking’ is a safe practice and does no harm to the environment.” In other words, don’t confuse me with any facts.

Another statement claims you can look at an aerial photograph of the state and see where fracking has caused a “lunar landscape” where nothing grows. I assume the reference is to the north side of Interstate 70 west from Rifle. That landscape has looked the same since I started coming to this area in 1948 prior to drilling. Water availability and soil quality is the cause of this “lunar landscape.” One only need to look South of the highway where wells have been drilled to prove this writer’s error.

I hope the writer accepted the editor’s note that the Parachute spill was the result of faulty equipment not fracking. Possibly each of us rejects ideas or facts that don’t match our preconceived beliefs. Most of us don’t “vehemently” display or confess our attitude in public media.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

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